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Yö vai päivä (1962)


Risto Jarva (screenplay), Janet Kolehmainen (dialogue translation) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Eino Krohn Eino Krohn ... Mr. Sedano - professor
Elina Salo ... Mattila - schoolmistress
Ismo Kallio Ismo Kallio ... Mr. Lang - Sedano's assistant
Numidia Vaillant Numidia Vaillant ... Sedano's secretary
Aulikki Tarnanen Aulikki Tarnanen ... Daughter
Lauri-Juhani Ruuskanen Lauri-Juhani Ruuskanen ... Interpreter
Kerttu Krohn Kerttu Krohn ... Chairman's wife
Leo Jokela ... Merchant
Kalevi Pakkasvirta Kalevi Pakkasvirta ... Sports director
Yrjö Sutinen Yrjö Sutinen ... Chairman of County Council
Väinö Hokka Väinö Hokka ... Trade customer
Juho Peltonen Juho Peltonen
Kari Rydman Kari Rydman ... Interviewer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Risto Jarva Risto Jarva
Kalle Kotro Kalle Kotro


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Rakkauden ja leikin ylistys (Praise of love and play)


Comedy | Drama | Romance






Finnish | English

Release Date:

23 November 1962 (Finland) See more »

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Night or Day See more »


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FIM 20,927,454 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Referenced in Seikkailu ihmisessä (1971) See more »

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Night or Day
19 July 2010 | by random_avengerSee all my reviews

A group of UNESCO researchers comes to Finland to observe the culture and Midsummer traditions. The team (Eino Krohn, Ismo Kallio and Numidia Vaillant) travels around encountering various people and habits, and soon develop a personal relationship to the country with the help of a couple of lovely women.

The film was originally an attempt to create more meaningful Finnish cinema than the usual comedies and melodramas. It's also a quasi-outsider's look to Finland, since it is all Finnish-made but presents the country as something strange and foreign. The narrator's lines are rather old-fashioned and literary as if the film was an old documentary, probably intentionally although it also adds a hint of pretension to the mix. The many blue-tinted night (or is it day?) scenes all show that the filmmakers were ambitious and reaching for something new, but unfortunately their effort hasn't aged all well, as it drags in the middle quite heavily. Elina Salo is as fresh and lovely as always though, and the film can be recommended as a rare novelty for anyone interested in Finland. I wonder if a foreigner's perception of the movie would differ from mine.

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